Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Sani Shehu in a recent interview on Channels Television’s Politics, didn’t mince words as he pointed fingers at the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari for what he described as the destruction of Nigeria’s economy. According to Sani, the current economic hardships gripping the nation can be traced back to policies implemented during Buhari’s tenure.
Speaking candidly, Senator Sani asserted that many of the economic strategies being enforced by President Bola Tinubu, which have contributed to the prevailing economic challenges, were initiatives that should have been implemented during Buhari’s presidency. He emphasized that Buhari’s failure to enact these policies led to a deterioration in the economy over time.
“We must be very factual and realistic with ourselves,” Sani declared. “The problem we find ourselves today originated, was engineered, fabricated, and sustained by the Buhari administration. The Buhari administration, institutionally, fundamentally destroyed the Nigerian economy.”
Sani also shared his perspective on the current administration’s approach, particularly regarding the removal of subsidies and other contentious economic decisions. He praised Tinubu for his transparency during his campaign, where he made it clear that subsidy removal was on the cards. Sani acknowledged that Tinubu did not deceive Nigerians, as he had been forthright about his intentions, despite the inevitable challenges that ensued.
However, Sani recognized the public discontent surrounding Tinubu’s policies, especially regarding the removal of petrol subsidies and the unification of the forex rate. He noted that protests have erupted in several states, with even the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) joining in a nationwide action on Tuesday to highlight the economic hardships faced by citizens.
While conceding the right of the NLC to protest, Sani cautioned against potential unrest from unorganized civil society groups. He stressed the importance of peaceful engagement and constructive dialogue in addressing the nation’s economic woes.